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Judy and Donald M. Gruhn 1949

Donald M. Gruhn graduated from Lehigh University in 1949 with a degree in business administration. He was a member of Pi Lambda Phi, the Glee Club/Choral Arts Club, the men’s soccer team, and the Mustard and Cheese drama club. He was actively involved in the Brown and White.

Gruhn began his career with Colen-Gruhn Company Inc., a radio, television, and appliance distributorship. He then spent 45 years in the financial services industry, including membership on the New York Stock Exchange and general partnership in two firms. He retired in 1996 from Benjamin Jacobson and Sons, a leading specialist on the trading floor of the New York Stock Exchange.

At Lehigh, Gruhn is a member of the College of Business and Economics Board of Advisors and the Wall Street Council. He and his wife, Judy, have supported the Athletic Partnership program, the journalism department, Linderman Library, the STEPS building, the Martindale Center, and the Financial Services Laboratory. They also created the Judy and Donald M. Gruhn ’49 Endowed Scholarship Fund to support undergraduate students, especially those majoring in finance, and an endowment for the Distinguished Finance Speaker Series. The speaker series formalizes Gruhn’s long tradition of bringing speakers to the college to address students on business topics.

Don and Judy Gruhn enjoy extensive travel and spending time with their family. They are also devoted dog owners.


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